Navigating Thailand's Infamous Opium Trail
Have you ever hiked along an opium trail? If not, now is your chance. Chiang Mai in northern Thailand is a world class hiking destination; lush green jungle, surging rivers, cascading waterfalls and rare opportunities to connect with ancient cultures abound. One of the most exciting and unusual treks is the ‘Opium Trail’ – a fascinating excursion into the highlands where travelers meet local Hmong tribespeople, learning about their customs and listening to stories about how they turned from opium cultivation to growing cash crops such as strawberries and tomatoes following a ‘royal project’.
Sustainability at the Forefront of Nam Et-Phou Louey National Protected Area
Nam Et–Phou Louey National Protected Area is one of the few remaining safe-havens for tigers in Indochina and provides unrivalled opportunities to connect with Southeast Asia’s immense natural landscape. Conservation efforts here are helping to protect many endangered species and provide sustainable livelihoods for remote, rural Lao communities. The Nam Nern Night Safari and Eco-lodge are leading the way in providing excursions into the forest to positively benefit these local communities. Using traditional methods, locals lead activities such as bird watching, wildlife tracking, nighttime wildlife spotting and hiking, helping visitors connect with the habitat on a far deeper and meaningful level than would otherwise be possible.